From colds and flu to cancer, this remarkable vitamin can help all manner of health problems.
Vitamin D3’s health benefits and immunity-boosting capabilities are beginning to receive the attention they deserve.
The evidence from studies are piling up, including one from the University College London Institute of Child Health, which concluded that vitamin D3 issues have largely been overlooked and are vital to health.
Cancer Research UK has done an about face on its advice that people should stay out of the sun from the hours of 11am and 3pm, wear sunscreen, hats and cover up with clothing.
In fact, now they want you out in the sun! The organisation now recommends short amounts of midday exposure without sunscreen to boost vitamin D3 levels and, in the process, boost the immune system as well.
Prevention and treatment with vitamin D
Cancer researchers are very interested in what vitamin D can do. They are looking at vitamin D both as a preventative agent and as a means of treatment. Here are some of the diseases that vitamin D may play a vital role in preventing or treating:
In a 2007 American study of over 30,000 women, it was found that those who consumed foods rich in vitamin D and calcium were 40% less likely to develop breast cancer before the menopause.
A 2009 study revealed that vitamin D reduced PSA levels by as much as half in 20% of patients. These levels are used to measure the severity of prostate cancer.
An Imperial College London study showed that people with the highest concentration of vitamin D3 in their blood had a 40% reduced risk of bowel cancer.
Colds and flu
Would you like to reduce your cold and flu risk by 70%? According to a study at Winthrop University Hospital, vitamin D3 stimulated the subjects’ natural immunity to viruses and bacteria.
Research from Canada indicates that there is a link between MS and vitamin D. Lead researcher Professor Ebers believes that vitamin D may someday be used to treat and even prevent MS.
Other diseases and conditions
Other studies have shown that vitamin D could play a vital role in reducing the severity of psoriasis and may help with joint mobility as well. In one recent study, individuals over 60 saw increased hip flexion strength and leg extension strength when taking a combination of calcium and vitamin D.
A University of Michigan study of 40 pregnant women, the majority of which were taking prenatal vitamins, turned up some startling results. Over 25% of the women had seriously low levels of vitamin D.
Anthony Norman is a professor emeritus of biochemistry and biomedical sciences and an expert on vitamin D. In the July 2010 issue of Endocrine Today, Norman stated that half of the people in Europe and North America are vitamin D deficient or have insufficient levels. Furthermore, he stated: “It is clear that merely eating vitamin D-rich foods is not enough to solve the problem for most adults. There is a wide consensus among scientists that the relative daily intake of vitamin D should be increased to 2,000-4,000 IU for most adults.
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